As the Editor-In-Chief at Rapaport, Sonia Esther Soltani has acquired an immense amount of clout throughout her time in the jewelry industry. In an interview with Taylor&Hart, she discusses her greatest jewelry influences and more.
"My mum and grandmother didn’t have much jewelry but I learned something from both of them: the sentimental value of jewels and the importance of good craft," said Soltani when asked about her greatest influences and when her passion for the craft started. "My mum inherited a beautiful diamond ring from a great aunt and a simple gold signet ring from another great aunt. She always wears the simpler ring because she had a greater connection with its former owner. As for my grandmother, her motto was less is more, but less had to be well crafted and high quality.
"I’ve always loved classic Hollywood movies—anything with Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly—so I have a soft spot for glamorous, feminine styles. I started writing about the jewelry industry four years ago (I’m still a newbie), and since then I’ve discovered a fascinating creative universe. I would say the jewels that really get me excited are the ones which reveal their creator’s personality and vision, where you can really feel that the artisan/artist put their heart in it as my grandmother would say."
When asked what piece of jewelry she would only be able to wear throughout her life, Soltani said, "I would go for a cocktail ring, a statement making piece that would be associated with a particularly happy moment, a celebration of a milestone. It would need to be a conversation starter. If it were a Belperron ring, I’d happily live without wearing anything else because I’d admire the craftsmanship, use of stones and modernist lines for a lifetime."
"Personalization and bespoke designs seem to be ruling the scene, especially as jewelry collectors are looking for pieces that completely reflect their style and personality," said Soltani when asked for her thoughts on the current trends in the industry. "And if it’s not bespoke, it should at least be personal, like a letter pendant or a symbolic motif that they can relate to. Meanwhile, the quest for sustainability is not a trend, it’s here to stay and that’s something to celebrate. Gen Z and Millennials, and anyone who has a more conscientious approach to luxury, are asking key questions: where is my jewelry from? Who made it? And what impact did it have? Finally, vintage jewelry or vintage-inspired styles are having an increasing appeal for consumers. As someone who loves jewelry with stories, I can only rejoice."
Information originally sourced from Taylor&Hart.